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    Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:45:02

    The Top Rap Albums of 2013: J. Cole  - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Born Sinner sees J. Cole step up as one of hip-hop's premier storytellers.

    Songs such as "Villuminati" and "Land of the Snakes" coast along with the kind of lyrical prowess that defined the likes of Nas and The Notorious B.I.G. Cole's got a real knack for stitching together a narrative, and that's the most stunning aspect of his sophomore set, which also happens to best his first offering as well. Look no further than "Forbidden Fruit" featuring Kendrick Lamar, which practically pops off the page. However, the real stand out happens during the bonus track "Sparks Will Fly" featuring a shimmering Jhene Aiko cameo. Cole attempts to re-ignite a dying relationship with rhymes so good they're fiery.

    Sit down, close your eyes, and let J. Cole take you on the ride of a lifetime. This one's so great it's sinful.

    Rick Florino
    12.11.13


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